McCarthy Watches ND Spring Game

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney star athlete Danny McCarthy visited Notre Dame last Saturday to take in the Notre Dame spring game. McCarthy, who visited Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame the previous weekend, returned to watch his brother, Kyle, play. McCarthy talked about his most recent trip to Notre Dame with

Dan McCarthy returned to Notre Dame last weekend to see his brother Kyle play in the Fighting Irish spring game. McCarthy, of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, had just visited Notre Dame the previous weekend to take in practice and tour the campus. He also visited Ohio State and Michigan the prior weekend and all three schools have offered the 6' 2" and 190 pound athlete.

"It was great to see my brother," McCarthy noted. "I spent some time with him and after the game we went to eat with his friends. He played really well. He made four tackles and played both safety spots. He is currently listed as the number two guy at both positions."

McCarthy said he and his brother have talked about the two of them playing together in the Notre Dame defensive backfield some day.

"It's something we've talked about, but realistically it would be pretty hard for me to do that as a true freshman," he said. "I talked to their defensive backs coach and he said they're recruiting me as a free safety. If I went to Notre Dame my brother and I would have two years to play together. It's definitely something that interests me."

McCarthy said the most recent trip to Notre Dame wouldn't have much impact on his eventual choice of schools.

"This latest trip was more about seeing my brother and checking out how he's doing," McCarthy explained. "Being able to watch how teams actually practice will have more of an effect on me. Seeing all three teams the week before and observing how they do things meant more to me. This trip was good to get out and see a game situation. The crowd was great and there were over 52,000 people there."

McCarthy declined to name a favorite and said the coaching staffs at Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan impressed him.

"They're pretty similar," he insisted. "It's kind of hard to compare really. They're all well coached teams and great programs. I'm going to narrow all these teams down this summer and concentrate on the ones I'm most interested in. I'd like to make a decision before the season but it could go longer. I will probably go to some one day camps at some of the schools and see the coaching staffs and how they run things."

Three of McCarthy's high school teammates, Taylor Hill, Mike Zordich and Brandon Beachum attended the Ohio State spring game. McCarthy was asked if he missed being with his friends at Ohio State.

"No not really," he said with a laugh. "It was kind of a tough decision but I really wanted to see Kyle play. I'm sure I would have had a great time at Ohio State with those guys. They're good guys and we talk about the four of us playing together in college. That might be kind of tough to work out and each of us knows that we have to do what's best for us as individuals."

McCarthy also has scholarship offers from LSU, Oklahoma and Stanford. He led Cardinal Mooney to the 2006 state championship and stars on both sides of the ball. Most schools are recruiting him as a safety but have not ruled out the possibility of him playing wide receiver.

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